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  • Address: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Poland
  • Hours: Open daily 9am–5pm

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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Tours

Sitting in the foothills of the rugged Carpathian Mountains southwest of Krakow, the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska grew up to accommodate pilgrims who flocked to the red-roofed and copper-domed complex of religious buildings that still dominates life there to this day. Built in the 17th century, the ornate Baroque Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska provided Catholics with a substitute Chapel of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, which at that time was under Turkish rule and firmly off limits to Christians; it incorporates the Franciscan Bernardini Monastery alongside 42 chapels and churches all beautifully sited on pathways among woodland and symbolizing the Stations of the Cross at Calvary. 

In Polish religious life, only the Shrine to the Black Madonna at Częstochowa is more important than Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its sheer, breathtaking Baroque beauty, all created by Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni and his Flemish counterpart Paolo Baudarth. The fanciful, twin-spired main basilica is dedicated to Our Lady and its Chapel of Holy Mary of Calvary holds a highly revered icon of Mary and Jesus; the faithful gather there in thousands to see passion plays on Good Friday and celebrate on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption. Pope John-Paul II was born 15 km (9.25 miles) away in Wadowice and made several visits to the shrine when he returned to his homeland; his statue stands near the entrance to the basilica.

The town around the sanctuary has been known for the skill of its woodworkers since the mid 18th century; today more than 1,500 artisan cabinetmakers work among a population of 4,500 in total.

Practical Info

Bernardines Monastery, ulica Bernardyńska 46, 34-130 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Open daily 9am–5pm; there are regular services throughout the day and admission to the monastery is free. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Krakow, best accessed by car along the DK52 and DK7.

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Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow, Krakow, null
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Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

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Take this St. John Paul II and St. Sister Faustina's remembrance tour by minibus, walking in the Footsteps of Saints. Take a half day pilgrimage, small-group ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.45
Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki, Krakow, Day Trips
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Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

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This half day private half-day trip will take you to St. Sister Faustina’s Sanctuary, St. John Paul II’s Sanctuary & home town and the Way of the Cross in ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.29
Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow, Krakow, Day Trips
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Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow

The John Paul II route tour covers the most important places connected with the pope. The main attractions are the John Paul the II Museum established in the ...  Read more

Location: Kraków, Poland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.81

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